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Senate Accused of Plotting to Legalize Online Gaming

Bonuses, 2010-12-03, by Ozone

Senate leaders came under fire from three House Republicans this week who are objecting to a "secretive, closed-door, undemocratic" effort to legalize online gambling in the U.S., this according to Bloomberg news. The Republican representatives Spencer Bachus, Dave Camp, and Lamar Smith said they have become aware of a Senate effort to legalize online gaming in the U.S. by attaching a measure to a larger, "must-pass" bill.

This is the same undemocratic process used by former Republican Senator Bill Frist in 2006 to pass the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the three Congressmen said: "Creating a federal right to gamble that has never existed in our country's history and imposing an unprecedented new tax regime on such activity require careful deliberation, not back-room deals."

It is speculated that Reid, who recently won a close re-election race in the state of Nevada, has interests in legalizing online gaming on behalf of Caesars Entertainment, owners and operators of the World Series of Poker. Caesars, formerly known as Harrah's, has long been looking for an angle into the online gaming market. Whether or not Reid feels an obligation to legalize some forms of online gaming in the U.S. on behalf of Caesars is, again, just speculation.

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